Ryston Runners AC masters athletes had the first match of their Eastern 2016 Track and Field League season last week at Lynnsport.
The way the area competitions have fallen this year has led some to comment this division is rather a “soft” one, but there was still some good competition on the night.
As anticipated they came out winners in both the men’s and women’s competitions, ahead of West Norfolk AC in the former and Cambridge & Coleridge AC in the latter.
Several club age group records were broken or newly established, including by Dan Yellop in the M35 Shot Putt, Jo Isbill in W50 Pole Vault, Wendy Fisher and Jane Ashby in 300m W50 and W65 respectively, and Paul Oakes, a second claim member, setting new marks in Hammer Throw and Pole Vault for the M60 age group, the latter with his best vault for over three years.
Matt Pyatt all but equalled his club M35 3000m record, while his wife Lisa, in her debut match in this league, was inhibited in her efforts by finding using spikes for the first time in a while something of a tripping hazard.
There was a plethora of event wins for Ryston including 100m M35 Dan Yellop, W35 Tanya Daniels, W50 Karen Wood, W60 Gill Hart; 400m M35 Nic Bensley, W35 Marie French (EMAC debut); 3000m M35 Matt Pyatt, M50 Tony Savage, M60 Pete Johnson, W60 Jane Ashby; 1000mW Paul Firmage, Peter Duhig, Cath Duhig; Hammer Throw M35 Ian Hogarth, M50 David Lane, M60 Paul Oakes, W35 Tanya Daniels; Shot Putt M35 Dan Yellop, M60 Paul Oakes, W35 Tanya Daniels, W60 Marlene Simmonds; Long Jump M35 Paul Harrison (a welcome return to competition after illness), M50 David Lane, W35 Tanya Daniels, W50 Karen Wood, W60 Marlene Simmonds; Pole Vault M35 Ian Hogarth, M50 Paul Oakes, W50 Jo Isbill; 4 x 100m relay M50, W35 and W50. Sue Smith not only completed her customary long list of events but also found time to mind the tea stall, along with similarly busily employed M70 athlete Jeff Reed. With Beck and Sue Tuff on results, Gareth Hunt timekeeping, and several other Ryston members helping with officiating, team manager Helen Reed could reflect on a successful start to the season after this first match.
l A dozen Ryston Runners trod the roads around Dereham in the annual 10 mile race, featuring the Norfolk County Championships. Some struggled with the extreme change of temperature over the previous few days but there were some impressive and prizewinning results nonetheless.
The overall race winner was Ryston second claimer Danny Rock, now with Felixstowe Road Runners, who ran 58:22.
First in Ryston colours was Warren Armstrong (M40) 6th overall in 62:32. Warren joined Nic Bensley (M45/ 9th overall/63:38), Pete Johnson (1st M60/ 20th overall/ 66:21) and Simon Able (M45/ 29th/ 67:44) in taking team honours in the Male Veteran category.
As well as Pete Johnson, individual honours were taken by Jane Ashby (1st W65/ 93:06) and Sarah Partridge, (3rd W50/98:59).
Other Ryston times/positions: 30 Stewart Robins 69:19; 35 Neil Stapleton 69:20; 47 Darren Easter 72:44; 49 Richard Dickson 72:56; 56 Martin Sheldrick 73:38; 82 Lorena Latisaite 77:43; 93 Kevin Howlett 78:54; 110 Jeremy Navrady 80:57; 218 Martin Blackburn 96:05.
All those taking part commented that an already challenging, hilly course, was made tougher by the unexpected heat of the day.
Two other club members ran in the Halstead Marathon. Eamonn McCusker, a regular at this event despite noting that this hilly course is the venue for all his worst marathon times, lost almost half an hour over the second half as the unaccustomed heat took its toll, finishing in 4:12:15, still good enough to claim first place in the M60 category. Barry Smith, celebrating his birthday with this run, finished in 4:27.